Ipswich Update - First Lothian Dart comes home, new MD at Ipswich Buses and more

SN53AVM is the first of the batch to arrive home (c) Leon Wells
Since our last Ipswich Update, there has been a substantial number of happenings to report. A thank you again goes to Bryan Dickson, Leon Wells and David Warren for providing news and updates for the series. Ipswich Buses dominate the article this time, with lots of reports coming out of the operator recently.

The biggest news since our last update is the arrival of the first former Lothian Buses Transbus Pointer Dart from repaint at Hants and Dorset Trim. SN53AVM appeared back at the Ipswich Buses depot yesterday, resplendent in the striking livery of the municipal operator.

Returning from repaint at Ipswich Buses on Wednesday 6th May was East Lancs Spryte bodied Dennis Dart SLF 98 X98LBJ from Hants and Dorset Trim. 98 joins 93 in the fleet of refurbished Sprytes.

Also at Ipswich Buses, the final two remaining East Lancs bodied Volvo Olympians have been out and about on town services over the last couple of weeks. 41 M41EPV was used on the 9 on Friday 24th April due to heavy traffic en-route causing delays, 41 was out again five days later on the 15, again due to heavy traffic causing severe delays. Yesterday, the same bus saw service on the 98 and 202 to Shotley following disruption on the route due to a road traffic accident. Also rare was the use of East Lancs Lowlander bodied DAF DB250 58 PJ53OLA on the X3 and school day only service 303 on Thursday 7th May, an allocation usually worked by one of the Olympians.

Dart 98 X98LBJ is the latest vehicle to return to Ipswich Buses
following a full refurbishment (c) Leon Wells
An article on Route One gives details of Ipswich Buses' newly appointed Managing Director. Jeremy Cooper is to takeover of Malcom Robinson, who is one of the longest serving managing directors in the industry following 20 years of service with Ipswich Buses.

At Galloway, as of May 6th Mercedes Benz Citaro demonstrator BP14FJZ was still on loan and working services into Ipswich. The original report with information regarding this can be found here.

Clive Nixon's Ipswich Bus Blog has mentioned some 'news to come' of changes to the First Ipswich depot. For more on that, I recommend checking back to Ipswich Bus Blog in the coming weeks.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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